Author(s): Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Romance
Page Count: 608
Release Date: October 20, 2015
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.
The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.
As you can tell by the title of this post, I wasn’t blown away by this book like everybody else.
Don’t get me wrong, I really really really wanted to love this book. The entire book community basically praises this book. I don’t have a problem with being the only person in the community that dislikes a book, but I truly wanted to enjoy this.
I’ve literally read one semi-bad review for this book and 99.9% of my Goodreads friends have read and loved it. I was almost guaranteed to love it as well. But unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.
So, I’m a black sheep and that’s okay.
“Miracles are statistical improbabilities. And fate is an illusion humanity uses to comfort itself in the dark. There are no absolutes in life, save death.”
While reading this book I kept on asking myself when it would get better, when it would start getting interesting. Loads of people told me that they didn’t get invested in the story until around page 150-200.
I was bored and lost until page 250.
Is something wrong with me? I kept asking myself. Am I just dumb?
I don’t think I am
completely. The format of this book just really threw me off and I wasn’t able to adjust until the halfway point. Which is unfortunate, because like I said, I really wanted to like this book.
I also found the writing to be… a bit dull. *hides behind laptop as missiles are fired at my head* I’m sorry but the writing honestly bored me to death! Maybe it’s since it’s all formal space military speech or whatever, but the format along with the writing made me want to fall asleep.
This style of writing did work well when it came to AIDAN’s sections, as well as the military commanders and such but it still bored me. If the writing is bland, then the entire story flops.
I did like the humor though! The humor in this book was the saving grace for me. There were loads of witty comebacks and sarcasm, which is my type of humor.
“You have me. Until the last star in the galaxy dies, you have me.”
Something I did like – surprisingly – is the romance. Kady and Ezra… gosh I ship them so much y’all! And can I just commend Amie and Jay – whomever was in control of writing Kady – because she didn’t annoy me, not once! If y’all didn’t know by now, I have a bad rep with heroines in YA books. They usually annoy the crap out of me so having Kady not annoy me even once in this entire 600-page book says something.
And Ezra *swoon*. That dude is the definition of Romeo. Let me just say that that ending – I don’t want to spoil it for those that haven’t read the book – made me smile like a lunatic.
I think that Kaufman and Kristoff did a wonderful job evening out the romance, humor, action, and feels perfectly. It took only *cough* half the book, but from thereon out the story had me sitting at the edge of my seat and sweating in anticipation.
Something I also would have liked to see more is diversity. There were some Asian characters, but aside from that, I’m 99.9% sure that Kady and Ezra were white. There was also the mention of a gay character but he was mentioned for like two seconds.
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
I don’t need to recommend this book to anybody haha. If you’re reading this you’ve either already read it or are planning on reading it sometime soon. Although it wasn’t really my cup of tea, it was still an okay read for me. I do own Gemina already so expect a review within the next few months if I don’t get lazy.
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Have you read Illuminae yet? Are you planning on reading it? Do you agree or disagree with me?